[PATCH V8 01/10] powerpc, perf: Drop the branch sample when 'from' cannot be fetched

Anshuman Khandual khandual at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Wed Jun 10 22:02:18 AEST 2015

On 06/10/2015 08:51 AM, Daniel Axtens wrote:
> Hi Anshuman,
> Was there a cover letter for this series that I missed?

This is the continuation (rebased and reworked) of the series
posted at https://lkml.org/lkml/2014/5/5/153 (which is V6). I
remember to have incremented the count for the re-send of the
first four patches of the series to Peter Z for generic review
which got pulled in last year. These patches here are the
remaining powerpc part of the original series. Will list down
the current changes as well next time around along with the new

> On Mon, 2015-06-08 at 17:08 +0530, Anshuman Khandual wrote:
>> BHRB is a rolling buffer. Hence we might end up in a situation where
> Could you spell out what BHRB stands for?

Branch History Rolling Buffer, would you like to have that in the
commit message as well ?

>> we have read one target address but when we try to read the next entry
>>  indicating the from address of the targe, the buffer just overflows.
> target?

Yeah its target address.

>> In this case, the captured from address will be zero which indicates
>> the end of the buffer.
> In what sort of situations would this occur? It seems like something we
> would want to avoid if possible?

Its not avoidable. During regular flow of branch recording, the HW would
have written both the records correctly but then the new ones came in and
we just happen to loose one of them causing this situation.

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